DRIVERS are being urged to take extra care on the A78 coast road in North Ayrshire as Storm Gerrit lashes Scotland's west coast.

Flooding has been reported on the trunk road in three different locations at Kelburn and between Hunterston and Seamill.

Amey, the maintenance company responsible for looking after the trunk roads in south-west Scotland, have recommended that motorists approach all flooded areas with care.

Meanwhile, a property in Fairlie has put out an urgent appeal for sandbags due to flooding.

Local residents are also reporting flooding at Glen Avenue and Raillies Avenue in Largs.

There have been online reports that a culvert running under School Brae in the village is blocked, with one eye-witness describing the volume of water as "crazy".

A flood alert has been issued for Ayrshire and Arran by the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA).

A SEPA spokesperson said: "A period of heavy rain on Wednesday could cause flooding impacts from rivers and surface water on Wednesday and Thursday.

"Particularly at risk are urban areas and the transport network. Impacts may include flooding to low-lying land and roads, with difficult driving conditions. Isolated properties may also be at risk.

"Also, due to a combination of high tides and high winds, there is a risk of flooding from waves to low lying areas of the coast on Wednesday and Thursday.

"Remain vigilant and remember, it is your responsibility to take actions which help protect yourself and your property.

"Advice and information is also available through Floodline on 0345 9881188."